Today, I'll be discussing Shari Lapena's second thriller, A Stranger in the House.
A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
Karen and Tom Krupp are happy...
Until one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. Her purse, phone, and ID are still in their place.
Suddenly, there’s a knock on the door—it’s an officer. Karen’s at the hospital; she’s been in an accident. She seems okay, but she can’t seem to remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.
When the Krupps arrive home after the accident, Karen can tell something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in the house...
Unlike Lapena's heart-stopping thriller, The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House is simply an okay read. Despite the intriguing storyline and concise diction, Lapena's second novel is ordinary.
Although the characters featured in this book exhibit potential, they lack depth. Lapena fails to develop a multi-dimensional cast, which in doing so, makes it difficult for the audience to feel enthralled or captivated by the story.
A Stranger in the House also lacks thrill and suspense. In spite of the unusual crime and peculiar suspects featured in the story, the chain of events that make up the plot fail to evoke anticipation and excitement.
Because of this, by the time Lapena introduces plot twists, it's already too late for readers to feel engrossed by the story.
If you're in the mood for a mystery or thriller, consider picking up Lapena's other two novels. The Couple Next Door and An Unwanted Guest are stand out picks for fans of crime.
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